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Yes, a password! It’s just one of the ways care providers are guarding an individuals’ protected health information (PHI). Passwords chosen by the patient and shared with family or friends isn’t uncommon.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) protects its members in this same way. All members can keep their PHI safe by using a Standard Authorization Form.
A Standard Authorization Form lets you decide how BCBSIL can share your PHI. You can list the names of all the individuals you’d like to have access to your PHI. You can also set a timeframe so we know when permission ends and choose what information is shared.
For example, if a family member is helping with your care, you can add their name to your form. Other individuals listed might include a:
You can change – or cancel – your form at any time. If you don’t want your information shared with anyone, there’s no need to use a Standard Authorization Form.
The form has five pages. After reading all the instructions, the last two pages have five sections that must be completed. Here’s a breakout of what’s included:
Section I - Enter your informationSection II - List who can get your health informationSection III - Confirm what’s sharedSection IV - Set a timeframeSection V - Sign form to validate
We suggest keeping a copy of your final form before mailing. You can always visit Blue Access for MembersSM (BAM) to print new copies of the Standard Authorization Form.
Do you have questions about this or any other part of your health insurance plan? Ask us.
Originally published 1/20/2015; Revised 2018, 2021
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